Technology, Politics

January 14, 2021

Parler sues Amazon

Source: Unsplash (Bryan Angelo) 

The Gist

The conservative social media platform has accused Amazon of anti competitive practices after it was banned from using AWS. 

The List

  • Parler is also arguing that Amazon's decision to boot the social media platform from their AWS service was politically motivated. 
  • Amazon removed Parler on the grounds that they failed to moderate violent content after the siege of the US capitol by supporters of president Donald Trump on January 6th. 
  • Parler has pointed out that the same sort of violent content is frequently shared on Twitter which uses AWS, yet Amazon has not cut off Twitter from their services. 
  • Amazon responded by invoking Section 230 which allows for private companies to moderate content on their platforms in the way they see fit.
  • Section 230 has been a hot topic in the United States, as tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook are able to censor users with little to no recourse. 

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